David Plouffe, President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, blamed Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for the Senate’s failure to advance “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal earlier this week.
Plouffe, speaking at a book-signing event in Baltimore on Thursday night, told an audience of about 200 people that Senate Republican leadership feared that showing support for repealing the military’s gay ban would depress voter turnout in the midterm elections.
“McConnell got 12 Republican senators in a room and said, ‘If we do this, it’s going to hurt our turnout,’” Plouffe said. He cited Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine as among those in the room.
Plouffe claimed that McConnell told the senators, “we’ll do it in December,” suggesting that the Senate would repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” with bipartisan support after the elections.